trillion

noun tril·lion \ ˈtri(l)-yən \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

Definition of trillion

1 : a number equal to 1,000 times one billion — see Table of Numbers
2 : an indeterminately large number
  • a trillion mosquitoes out tonight

trillion

adjective

trillionth

play \ˈtri(l)-yən(t)th\ adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of trillion

French, from tri- + -illion (as in million)


TRILLION Defined for English Language Learners

trillion

Definition of trillion for English Language Learners

  • : the number 1,000,000,000,000 : one thousand billion

  • : a very large amount or number

  • : the number 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 : one million million million


TRILLION Defined for Kids

trillion

noun tril·lion \ ˈtril-yən \

Definition of trillion for Students

: a thousand billions


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